Warning issued over potential fraud scam

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Residents are being warned to be vigilant following a report of a fraudulent phone scam.

Police received a report that a North Tyneside resident received a call claiming they had been awarded money in settlement for PPI claims.

The man told the victim he would take him to a local store to buy cash vouchers before the cheque would be released.

On this occasion the residents’ suspicions meant that no cash was handed over.

North Tyneside Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Guy Morgan said: “We received a report of a suspicious call and enquiries have shown this is believed to be a telephone scam.

“The victim is an elderly and vulnerable resident and this is obviously of great concern to us.

“While we have officers in the area carrying out enquiries, we are also working with our partners to make sure further warnings go out to these communities to make them aware of suspicious telephone calls or bogus callers.

“We also appeal to carers, friends and family to talk to the elderly and vulnerable to make sure they are aware of this scam and pass on crime prevention advice.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I’d appeal for anyone who receives any similar calls, not to withdraw cash but to contact police straight away.”

The investigation forms part of Operation Strongbow – an initiative which targets doorstep crimes and distraction burglaries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191 quoting log number 366 16/03/15.